A close encounter with a man's relationship to nature, somewhere far into the Arctic North.

Where Man Returns is a contemplative portrayal of man's relationship with nature. 75 years old Steinar has chosen to live his life close to nature. He lives in an isolated icy universe on Europe's northernmost tip, just one kilometre from the Norwegian border to Russia. In this remote wilderness, he finds freedom and tranquillity. He belongs here, but living alone with nature seems at times both lonely and overwhelming.

Where Man Returns portrays the relationship between man and nature and tries to provide a meditative and close insight into a life very close to the elements. We experience a man that has chosen to live his life differently. A life in solitude, in this unfriendly ice cold environment, at the tip of Norway, on the border to Russia. As winter becomes summer, and then winter again. We learn his many techniques of harvesting what nature here can provide, and we can sense how both his physical and mental state changes according to the seasons. It is a rough and tiresome life. A delicate balance between the love, curiosity and care for nature, and inevitable brutality associated with living from it. Alone in this wilderness, the man finds his company in nature itself, the animals and his only friend; his dog.

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Norway
Release date (national):
2019-01-14
Release date (international):
2019-02-08
Production company:
Yellow Log AS
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
NNFS
Fritt Ord
Aftenposten TV
Producer:
Racha H Larsen
Film consultant:
Helle Hansen

Director

  • Egil Håskjold Larsen

    Egil Håskjold Larsen has worked as a cinematographer and director since finishing his studies in 2008. Studying fine art photography in Turkey, and finally documentary filmmaking in Norway. In 2016 he released his first documentary film Ad Astra. The film has been screened at festivals and at The Autumn Exhibition 2016 in Norway. 69 Minutes of 86 Days is his first feature length documentary film.

    Egil Håskjold Larsen

Festivals

2019:
TIFF - Tromsø International Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Egil Håskjold Larsen
Cinematographer:
Egil Håskjold Larsen
Editor:
Mik Stampe Fogh
Composer:
Christian Wallumrød

Technical information

Genre:
Documentary
Format:
DCP 2k
Screen ratio:
1:2,39
Colour:
Svarthvit
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
70'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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